WHEN THE glass ceiling BREAKS
Maggie Thatcher has a lot to resolve for.
The former (and initial female) Prime Minister of Great britain from 1979 to 1990 was also the longest-serving PM in modern times. Respected and reviled for her tough position and unbending will, she epitomised what individuals did not like about ladies in power. Tough. Conceited. Unsympathetic. And yet, she was without doubt successful.
What most people don't consider is that Mrs Thatcher (it’s doubtful she would have been happy with “Ms”) had merely a male construct of management and power on which in order to model herself.
You could identify on one hand the number of women who were leaders of their country (without getting born into the position) just before Thatcher. The only real model of how to guide a country was written by males over enturies.
And men are different to women.
Yes, Maggie was a forerunners. She broke through "the glass ceiling", that metaphorical barrier that tantalised ladies and kept them from positions of real power. Called “The Iron Lady”, Margaret challenged the particular public’s (unrealistic?) expectation that a woman in power would have a heart. There has never been a question that a man must have a heart in the exact same circumstances.
Thatcher was tough and unwavering … just like the majority of men political leaders around the world and thru history.
In the 21st century we have a expanding body of female heroines in leadership roles that are redefining the very concept of management. Precisely because we have much more women in powerful opportunities than ever before. As a consequence, we are able to explore the ‘rules’ of what it is to be a leader. Margaret Thatcher did not have which luxury. She was a trailblazer there was enormous pressure to do … because she was a lady.
Those women have got to which position because other ladies, like Maggie Thatcher, have gone before in order to blaze the trail.
As with every other trailblazer, it is expected which others who come after will certainly improve and do points differently. Yet, if it weren't for those who go before, ordinary people would take longer to move ahead.
It has to be remembered that women just have been in the workforce within large numbers since the late 1940’s. Inside the 1950’s we were encouraged to step out of the actual workforce and go back to be dutiful wives, mothers, daughters.
We all know how hard it is to place something back in its package after we’ve taken it out.
And thus in the 1960’s women were ‘liberated’ and also the concept of a working life for ladies, even a career, was made possible. (There are notable exceptions including when one had to decide if one became married, and certainly pregnant).
So, bear in mind that women have only 50 years of serious staff participation and the growth have been rapid to the point where few, if any, occupations are definitely out-of-bounds. Ladies have raced up the leadership step ladder over the past twenty years and now we have increased participation at the top echelons of firms and politics although Board roles are still under-represented by ladies.
Much of this is thanks to females like Maggie Thatcher.
Politics aside, really like her or loath her, she was a feminist by the girl very exemplar. She, and others such as her, made it possible for women right now to ignorantly say, “I’m not a feminist and I don’t believe in feminism”. The only reason they have the liberty to think that their role like a fire-fighter or a senior manager is “the norm” and totally on merit is because women like Thatcher went through hard yards and stood against the tide to normalise women’s experiences these days.
Maggie broke the Glass Ceiling. Doing that takes a solid sense of self.